Friday, September 18, 2009

Foreign hand in move to force regime change – Govt

by Shamindra Ferdinando
The government yesterday said a section of the Opposition was conspiring with the international community to destabilise the country to pave the way for a regime change.
Top UPFA spokesman Minister Dallas Alahapperuma yesterday said that ‘the enemy’ was seeking a regime change though the government had effectively neutralised the military challenge posed by the LTTE. Addressing a press conference at Mahaweli Centre, he said that enemies of the State were in the process of building a case against on the basis of war crimes and human rights violations.

He said that two politicians and one or two ex-members of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service, too, had been involved in the conspiracy. According to him, international pressure was being directed at the government with attacks on the army’s conduct during the war against the LTTE.

Alahapperuma said the ‘Channel 4 canard’ was a despicable move aimed at helping scrap Sri Lanka’s GSP plus facility and discrediting Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and General Sarath Fonseka.
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